OPINION Peter Finch

NWR Issue 95

Trade Winds

As a contest it hadn't been that well publicised. Organised by the Welsh Academy and with a prize of a thousand pounds along with a tea caddy and silver pot from the sponsor, Glengetti, this was the 1992 John Tripp Award For Spoken Poetry. If you wrote in English in Wales then this was one of the few places to try. Admittedly for the Tripp Award you had also to be able to deliver your verse in the style of a professional stand-up while simultaneously convincing the judges of your intellectual vigour. But by the late eighties, loads of Welsh writers were able to do that.

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